Comment posted RIP Helensburgh town centre: Waitrose out of town location approved by Nigel Macleod.
Sensible decision at last from the council. There were ever only two sites for a new supermarket and petrol station (both of which Helensburgh badly needs) – the Waitrose site or the top of Sinclair Street. A supermarket at the pierhead would be Helensburgh’s volcano – better bury the town centre in lava!
I fear CHORD will destroy the town for retailers – better reconsider and spend the money making the pierhead attractive.
Recent comments by Nigel Macleod
- Winds affecting ferry services
MV Isle of Arran has had her annual refit completed and was on her way back to pick-up her Islay roster when she was diverted north to cover Stornoway-Ulaapool.
I believe control (or lack of) is the bigger issue in getting Isle of Lewis back to Birkenhead , rather than the weather. She may have to be escorted (or towed) down by tug(s).
- Does CMAL have a future as a fleet owner?
The new vessel for Stornoway is being financed by Lloyds bank andis presumably saving the bank some tax.
I don’t see any alternative to the CMAL model ; if you turn ownership over to a private operator then they could walk away with the vessels. How would you then operate the services, given most of the ports have restricted access.
The waste of money on the two hew hybrid vessels is a disgrace for very little CO2 emission savings.
- Poor communications from Council in handover to private operator of island ferries
Do islanders really want no ferry operating? Seems to me A&B coucil have done the best thing possible and appointed a company to manage the operation that they know from the Jura ferry. I do agree communication seems to have gone awry with islanders.
However , non-compliance with MCA regulations is not an option.
- CalMac hope to finalise winter timetable for usual October start
Anyone who knows anything about Calmac ferries understands what the operational issues that they are trying to reconcile for the winter timetable. This is also complicated by the contradictory statements in the Ferries Plan published in Dec-12 , which says on one page that vessel allocation to routes is a decision for the operator (Calmac) and on another page says that MV Isle of Arran will provide extra services to Coll, Tiree , etc this winter. Knowing the three vessels , I think that MV Isle of Arran is the least suitable vessel for this roster.
- Super Puma situation worrying
Murdoch , I agree with you. The AAIB must have ruled out any suspicion of a technical fault to be allowing the aircraft to fly again.
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